August 01, 2018

Opportunistic Urbanism : Urban Goods


The network of urban goods is a relatively intangible layer of the city, covering a diverse range of goods which are being produced in the city or outside, getting everywhere via distribution network, being consumed by the citizens, and getting out of the city if not returned to the cycle. So how can we consume goods more efficiently? Do the consumers need to access all the goods all the time?


TUIC suggests that it is time to highlight the role of circular economy in the dynamics of supply and demand, and prioritize “access on-demand” over “ownership” of goods.


To this end, within the framework of Urban Goods Studio [5th round of a series of design-research studios called Opportunistic Urbanism] a sharing mechanism has been designed and prototyped by support from Book City Alef and Book City Central. So the major two stakeholders of the sharing mechanism were the ones who were eager to take some goods based on their needs, as well as those who were eager to share their goods with the others. During the preparation phase, both parties were asked to contact the Book City’s online platforms, and as a result, a detailed list of needs matched with a list of what has been out there to be shared afterwards


The fruits of the sharing mechanism unveiled during two events held on October 4th and 11th, 2019, at Book City Alef and Book City Central. The events were open to the public and besides the ultimate exchange of the goods between the ones who ordered in advance, people of all ages could get any goods on the storefront for free. 


The sharing mechanism is under further development in a partnership between TUIC and Book City.



Opportunistic Urbanism | Urban Goods Studio 



Coordinator : Nashid Nabian


Tutors : Tarlan Khoylou, Mahdi Najafi, Saman Bazazian

Researchers & Designers (Part-time collaboration)

 : Nima Ghanei, Golnaz Sadri, Golnar Hekmat 


/Summer 2019/



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